The health personnel working in the autopsy rooms and laboratories are considered among the professional groups carrying a high risk of contamination with infection. In this study, we have investigated the prevalence of Demodex, which provides a convenient environment for bacteria and acts as a vector for certain microorganisms, in the health personnel working in autopsy rooms.
The study, which was cross-sectional, was conducted on 58 health personnel working in autopsy rooms. A questionnaire was administered to the individuals. Specimens were obtained from 4 different regions of the face using the standard skin-surface biopsy technique. The data obtained were then evaluated statistically.
This study group consisted of 76% males and 24% females. The prevalence of Demodex was 26%. Demodex was found to occur more frequently in women. The most frequent occurrence of Demodex was seen among people with darker complexion and in cheek localizations.
We believe that Demodex, which has a role in the pathogenesis of dermatologic diseases, provides a convenient environment for bacteria, and acts as a vector for some pathogenic microorganisms, poses a risk as far as individuals working in the autopsy room are concerned.
From the *Department of Forensic Medicine and the †Department of Parasitology, Inciralti, Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey; ‡Istanbul University School of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey; and the §Cukurova University School of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Adana, Turkey.
Manuscript received December 15, 2003; accepted June 30, 2004.
M. Hakan Özdemir, Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Inciralti, Izmir, 35340, Turkey. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.